Looks good and the price is right
M&S offers its Outstanding Value range of homewares, from bedding to utensils. Other products with pop appeal include Calypso stacking cups and saucers (four for £15, left) and bright melamine utensils (£2.50 the set).
The wooden stepladder shelves (£129, left) are ideal for storing books and objects, and will be delivered and assembled free anywhere in the UK, while a three-piece pan set (£12) is unbeatable value. See marksandspencer.com or call 0845 302 1234.
How to impress
This compact and cordless power vacuum cleaner takes just an hour to charge. It has a concealed, removable tray so no need for bags, packs down to almost nothing and costs only £49.99. See gtechonline.co.uk.
Study in style
Ikea has two student startboxes. The dining set, comprising 60 pieces of crockery, cutlery and glassware, is £54.99, while the utensil set, comprising casserole dishes, a tin opener, peeler, cheese grater, knives, boards and more is £69.99. The self-assembly corner desk called Micke (£34.99/£65, above), the Alvine Trad double duvet set - cover plus four pillowcases for £14.99 - and the Kvart worklamp for £9.99 (right) are good buys, too. Get it all online at ikea.co.uk or call 0845 358 3364.
Six is best
Next Home is one of the best places to buy colourful homewares such as citrus-bright microwaves (£55) and toasters and kettles (£40 a twin pack), red polka-dot cutlery (£10 for set of 16), and towel bales (£32 for a set of six). Eco-students will love the recycling bags for £10. See next.co.uk or call 0844 844 8000.
Pedal bins (£7) in six colours, Opal tacking wooden chairs (£30 each), a slow cooker (£20) and rainbow-coloured shower curtains (£12); all from BHS Maison Essentials. Call 0845 196 0000 or visit bhs.co.uk.
Bring on the essentials
John Lewis offers reversible duvet sets from £7 to £12, boxed table sets from £24 and towelling bath sheets are £5. johnlewis.com.